Green Car Journal just announced its 11th annual Green Car of the Year award at the Los Angeles Auto Show, and this year’s winner is… the 2015 BMW i3! The i3 impressed the jury with its all-electric driving range and zero-emission powertrain – and the occasion marks the first time that an electric vehicle has received Green Car Journal’s award.

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“BMW’s i3 is a milestone vehicle in many respects and illustrates the automaker’s expansive vision of future motoring,” said Ron Cogan, editor and publisher of Green Car Journal and CarsOfChange.com. “It is purposefully designed with a small environmental footprint and zero emissions, offering the best features of an electric vehicle with the functionality of an available on board engine-generator that nearly doubles its battery electric range.”

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This year the BMW i3 beat out other finalists like the Audi A3 TDI, the Chevrolet Impala Bi-Fuel, the Honda Fit, and the Volkswagen Golf.

“Unlike other manufacturers that build vehicles and then create advanced powertrains to go in them, BMW rethought the whole process of building a car from the ground-up, using new materials and techniques,” said noted TV personality and avid car collector Jay Leno. Leno has been one of Green Car Journal’s Green Car of the Year jurors since the award program launched in 2005.

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